Fundamentals of Electronic Resources Acquisitions

This four-week online course provides an overview of acquiring, providing access to, administering, supporting, and monitoring access to electronic resources. Gives a basic background in electronic resource acquisitions including product trials, licensing, purchasing methods, and pricing models and will provide an overview of the sometimes complex relationships between vendors, publishers, platform providers, and libraries. The course was developed by Dalene Hawthorne, Head of Systems and Technical Services, Emporia State University.

Who Should Attend

This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the topic with no previous experience.

Taking a web course is different than taking a traditional course in a classroom. Read Are You Ready for Online Learning to make sure the web course structure is right for you.

Course Level & Prerequisites

This is a fundamentals course with no prerequisites.

Course Syllabus


  • Jesse Holden, Head, Acquisitions, University of Southern California
  • Xan Arch, Collection Development Librarian, Reed College
  • Elizabeth Winter, Electronic Resources Coordinator, Georgia Tech Library
  • Susan Davis, Acquisitions Librarian for Continuing Resources, SUNY at Buffalo
  • Lisa MacKinder, Acquisitions, University of California Irvine


2014 Sessions

  • Session 1: February 24 – March 21
  • Session 2: April 14 – May 9
  • Session 3: July 21 – August 15
  • Session 4: September 22 – October 17
  • Session 5: November 10 – December 5


8 contact hours.

Certificates of completion are sent upon successful completion (passing score of 70% or higher) of the course.


$109 ALCTS members; $139 nonmembers

Technical Requirements

A Moodle-developed site is composed of self-paced modules with facilitated interaction led by the instructors. There are predetermined start and end dates and a suggested pace which include interaction with the instructors and your classmates. Students regularly use the forum and chat room functions to facilitate their class participation. Section quizzes are offered and feedback given, however, there is no final class grade.

The course web site will be open for 1 week prior to the start date for students to have access to Moodle instructions and set their browser correctly. The course site will remain open 1 week after the end date for students to complete any sections and submit the course evaluation survey.


To register, complete the online form or register by mail for the session you would like to attend.


For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email

For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or


This web course is generously sponsored by Harrassowitz.